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That is one unusual headtube extension. You are a crazy man.
Have fun with your minion of dozer. :D
 
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Well, my build just went from frozen turkey to fiery phoenix in a hurry. I was helping my buddy load up a bunch of scrap last night when I came across a riding lawnmower front axle his grandpa ran over with a tractor. Something about it caught my eye, so I grabbed it and a vision flashed in my head. I totally forgot to take pics of the before and most of the during, but I measured the thickness of the axle and it was 1.5 inches, the same as my bikes head tube, but it was about 3/4” shorter than the tube, and after I knocked the bronze bushings from the steer tube I found that 1" bearing cups could fit with a little coercion PERFECT! The plan is to create a bolt on head tube rake and a slight extension. I found a similar axle pic on the internet, so I drew on it where I cut it out
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To be completely honest, I did reinforce a few welds on it, but nothing that wasn't already there. Next, I used a carbide grinding bit to open up the mouth so that 1" bearing cups would fit
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Test fit. Got some trimming to do.View attachment 157388View attachment 157389
And voila! Still got lots of fitting and testing to do, but it's looking pretty darn good!View attachment 157391View attachment 157392
Now I've got to find a new fork to put on it. The ones I've been using are 1 1/8” steerer tube, now it's a 1" tube.
how to weld this piece of iron on the aluminum frame?
 

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Dozer the Dozerian? You could say I'm as mad as a hatter, Lol. I get random ideas like this all the time, but too many of them vanish like a thief in the night.

Yeah, a lot of my ideas are like Andy from Shawshank.

 
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Had some time to think on how I could secure the new head tube to the frame and simplicity won. I decided to cut some 1/4” steel with a hole saw to fit inside the old tube and run a bolt through the whole mess.
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This way it can't slop around in the frame, and it's still very secure.
Oh, and I decided to ditch the pre war wheels on favor of something a little more flashy. Who knew that early 50s JC Higgins beehive springer forks could fit a 65mm rim and still have clearance for the fenders? I didn't, but now I do.
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Those blade forks shouldn't be hard to tweek back into alignment.
 

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Yeah, I realized I was confused and you actually had two different beehives.
 
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I went for a short ride on it and it was just too cramped. I guess I've gotten too used to stretched out builds lately. Doesn't help that I'm 6' 1", trying to ride a bike designed for normal sized folks. So I think I'll try a different variation of my bolt on stretch modification from last year's build off bike Full Monty
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The biggest difference between last year and what I'm trying now it's that I now have to relocate the bottom bracket, because I'm going to lower the frame to just about 2" of ground clearance. Additionally, the aluminum frame has a European BB shell, and I want to run an American single piece skip tooth crank. That's right, I'm going full madhouse and building a stretched and lowered skip tooth. That is, assuming I can pull this off. This is one reason I chose an alloy frame, so there would be no contestation about me welding and extensively modifying the frame.
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Any fresh updates? Looking forward to more of your work
 

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